Musings from the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

Category Learning management systems

Self-Paced Fully-Online VIULearn Orientations for Learners

VIULearn is a learning management system. Some teaching faculty members use it to upload files for you (like your course syllabus or their PowerPoints), create Discussions or Quizzes, and have you upload assignments or view grades. Some teaching faculty members… Continue Reading →

Orientation to VIULearn (D2L) for Students – Spring 2015

Many courses offered at VIU use our online learning management system, VIULearn. To help prepare you for your course, VIU is offering free orientation workshops to VIULearn. These are available either face-to-face on Nanaimo campus or online for all students. It… Continue Reading →

Fast and Furious Learning – An Overview of Desire2Learn Fusion 2013 – Part 1

For the past few months I have been busy converting a multitude of courses from Moodle to Desire2Learn at VIU. When I heard that I was going to have the opportunity to go to Desire2Learn’s Fusion 2013 (Website).I was ecstatic!… Continue Reading →

D2L 10.2 Upgrade

The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning is very excited about the June 27, 2013 D2L upgrade to the latest version 10.2!  Version 10.2 offers a more streamlined navigation for two of the system’s most used tools – Content… Continue Reading →

Pros and Cons of Technology Embedded within Teaching and Learning Centres – and Not in IT

At a recent Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference (STLHE), I was part of a round table discussion about the pros and cons of including educational technology departments (serving learning management systems, blogging, video streaming, mobile devices,… Continue Reading →

Collaborative Documents in your D2L Course

One of the tools which we do not have available in the current version of Desire2Learn is a wiki or collaborative document editor.  Collaborative documents allow multiple users, including both instructors and students, to edit a document.  These can be used for… Continue Reading →

Will understanding the basics of web design help you build better online courses? Yes!

I recently completed a 7-week course titled Designing Online Information/Dreamweaver CS6. This is just one in many web-related courses that I have either taken or facilitated over in the past 20 years. As you can imagine, working with websites has… Continue Reading →

Desire2Learn Learning Sessions

This March our Centre began running Desire2Learn Learning Sessions, welcoming 31 instructors from various faculties to 25 different sessions throughout the month. The instructors averaged 2 sessions each!   If you didn’t get a chance to attend any sessions, we… Continue Reading →

Personal Message from John Baker, President & CEO of Desire2Learn

We know it has been a tough week for faculty and students working with Desire2Learn at VIU. We thank you all for your patience and perseverance. We’ve just received a personal message from John Baker, President & CEO of Desire2Learn… Continue Reading →

D2L 10.1 – How to access your content tools

When I opened up the freshly upgraded D2L today, I was both excited and nervous. I knew there were some great improvements coming (outlined here by Arwen: https://wordpress.viu.ca/ciel/2012/11/14/d2lv101review/ ), but I also knew some of the changes would affect the… Continue Reading →

Pushpins in D2L

I recently attended the D2L Regional Users Forum at the BCIT downtown campus in Vancouver and spent a couple of my sessions with a D2L trainer learning about some of the tips and tricks with D2L and came across a… Continue Reading →

D2L Surveys and Polls

I was recently asked to look into a free tool for polling students (that would show them immediate results) within the D2L environment.  D2L currently doesn’t have a poll tool/widget, although it is a requested feature:   http://desire4community.com/feature-request-polling-widget-in-desire2learn/ After researching and… Continue Reading →

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